Keeping sidewalks safe during winter
As the winter season approaches, it is crucial to ensure that your sidewalks are safe and accessible for pedestrians. If you have sidewalks or walkways on your personal property, laws and ordinances about snow removal can vary by city and state. Snow removal regulations are made to prevent injuries and potential legal issues that could arise.
Icy and snowy conditions can pose a serious threat to public safety, so taking necessary precautions beforehand is paramount. Here are some useful tips to keep your sidewalks safe during the winter season:
- Shovel snow and remove ice from your sidewalks and walkways as soon as possible. Use salt, sand or kitty litter to help melt the ice and provide traction for pedestrians.
- Make sure to clear any snow or ice that may have accumulated around drains, fire hydrants and other public utilities.
- Trim any branches or bushes that may obstruct the sidewalk, ensuring maximum visibility for pedestrians and minimizing any potential hazards.
- Ensure that your sidewalks are well-lit, especially during the early morning and evening hours when visibility is low. Use bright LED lights for better visibility.
- Ask for help. If you have physical limitations, do not risk harm by trying to clear snow yourself. If you are unable to clear your sidewalk, ask a family member, friend or neighbor to lend a hand. You can also hire someone to do the job.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your sidewalks are safe and accessible for everyone, even during the harshest winter conditions. By doing these simple acts, you can prevent injuries, fines and potential lawsuits. Make sure you keep up to date on your local snow removal ordinances by checking your state’s website.